A perfect recipe for a festive al fresco

Mallorcan recipes for some delicious seasonal dishes inspired by island cooking

It’s certainly not uncommon for the festive season on Mallorca to offer up days of crisp blue skies and warming winter sunshine. And there’s even a good chance the weather will remain clement enough to be able to enjoy your yuletide celebrations outside.

A perfect setting
The beautiful 16th-century finca of Can Estades provided the ideal spot for our festive feast, under the dappled shade of a mature palm tree and offering spectacular views over the pretty Calvià countryside.

Festive table dressing
Christmas isn’t a time for holding back on table decor, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be tasteful! We combined some glazed crockery with beaded glasses, linen place mats and, of course, a scattering of festive decorations.

Mallorcan flavours
Our meal featured distinctively local flavours, such as Confit of Suckling Pig with Rosemary Potatoes and Apricot Jus followed by Sea Bream Fillet on Seafood Rice and, to finish, a ‘Turron’ Soufflé with Marinated Sóller Orange.

The master chef
The gastronomic creativity behind the menu came from experienced Austrian chef, Gerhard Berktold, whose cooking focuses on allowing fresh, seasonal products to take centre stage.

Mallorcan Christmas Soup

Enjoy this seasonal recipe for mallorcan Christmas soup, a warm and filling favourite on the island over the winter months.

Sea Bream Fillet on Seafood Rice

Taking a traditional paella as the base for this recipe, this seafood dish is made extra special with the addition of saffron alioli.

Slow-cooked Suckling Pig with Rosemary Potatoes and Apricot Jus

Enjoy this festive recipe for slow-cooked suckling pig, a firm festive favourite for many and particularly popular on Mallorca.

‘Turron’ Soufflé with Marinated Sóller Orange

Try this festive recipe for turron soufflé at home, where marinated Sóller oranges provide a citrusy counterpoint to sweet nougat.

Fig and goat’s cheese tart

1 roll of store bought puff pastry. 3/4 fresh figs cut into wedges Good quality goats cheese cut into small rounds 1 beaten egg - eggwash 2 red onions 1 tablespoon of brown sugar 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar Bunch of rocket/watercress 50g toasted walnuts Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees. Slice the red onion into even…

Homemade lemonade

6 lemons 250g sugar 1 litre water This is just one of several methods for making lemonade. I like it because it gets the most out of the lemon. You can also add some zest too. Peel the lemons and roughly chop. Place in a blender with half of the water and the sugar. Blend…

Grilled peach salad

This is one of my favourite Mediterranean summer salads. You’ll find beautiful ripe juicy peaches at the market, crumble the feta cheese and add the best jamón serrano you can find with a handful of rucula mixed with mint leaves and sprinkle with caramelised walnuts for a delightful salad that is sure to impress your friends.

Strawberry Gazpacho

Serves 4 Ingredients: 340g fresh tomatoes 100g cucumber 300g strawberries 1 large clove of garlic 30g Olive oil Large handful of coriander leaves or tarragon 50g day-old bread 10g sherry vinegar Salt and pepper Roughly 1 cup of water Roughly chop tomatoes, cucumber, strawberries, bread, garlic and herbs and place in a large bowl. Add…

Photos: Sara Savage · Chef: Gerhard Berktold
Stylist: Helen Cummins · Location Can Estades